Craft beer and wine tasting pairs with five live bands and amazing art installations  on February 28th, 2015

By Lynn Bremner

Empire Music Ventures is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the Empire Polo Club. Taste craft beer and fine wine in one of the most beautiful venues in the Coachella Valley as you groove to the tunes of a diverse musical line-up designed to offer something for a variety of ages and musical tastes.

This year, the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience will feature an impressive selection of artists playing an eclectic mix of reggae, folk, rock, blues, Latin, funk and laid back hip hop. The event is transitioning beyond its R&B roots, offering fans a new fusion of rhythm showcased by this year’s billing of five exciting bands.

Slightly Stoopid, Ozomatli and Fishbone will headline the 2015 Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience. All three bands are multi-genre and offer a mix of music that appeals to a broad audience of fans. Headliners will perform on the Main Stage from 7 PM – 11 PM. Strangers You Know and The Suffers will play earlier in the day from 4 PM – 7 PM on the BuzzBox stage in the beer garden.

“My focus this year was to draw a more diverse crowd to the event by offering a broader selection of artists and music,” said Alex Haagen IV, producer of the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience. “Our past events featured well-known R&B talent. This year we will feature some R&B along with a new infusion of reggae, Latin, funk, rock and a bit of hip hop. It should be a really fun show with a lot of energy both on and off the stage.”


The craft beer and wine garden will be packed with regional breweries and wineries pouring tastes from 3 PM to 7 PM. Food trucks and local restaurants will offer a variety of mouth-watering menu options ranging from lobster tacos and gourmet pizza to juicy Tavern hamburgers and spicy Mexican cuisine.

Tickets & Event Information
Tickets to the 2015 Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the day of the festival. Children 12 and under are free. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older and show ID at the festival to taste beer and wine.

Event Information

  • Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015
  • Time: 3 PM – 11 PM
  • Location: Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA 92201
  • General Admission Tickets: $85 per person
  • VIP Admission Tickets: $150 per person
  • A portion of the proceeds benefit the Casey Lee Ball Foundation to support pediatric kidney research
  • Food will be available for purchase
  • Huge selection of breweries and wineries offering tastings
  • Wine and beer tasting from 4 PM – 7 PM (VIP Tasting 3 PM – 7 PM)
  • Main Stage and Headline Performances from 7 PM – 11 PM

General Admission includes:

  • Entrance to the RWB Experience 4 PM – 11 PM
  • Unlimited tastes of beer or wine 4 PM – 7 PM
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Free Parking

VIP Pass includes:*

  • Entrance to the RWB Experience 3 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Unlimited tastings of beer or wine 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Access to VIP Tasting Lounge 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Access to the VIP Lounge and Bar
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • VIP Parking
  • Invitation to Friday night Bottle Share and Kick-off Party

*VIP Admission includes access to VIP tasting area with specialty wine and beer not

available in the general tasting area, and complementary food. Also includes access to a second VIP lounge with a full bar adjacent to main stage.

Bottle Share & Kick-off Party

On Friday, February 27th the Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience is hosting a Bottle Share and Kick-off Party in the Rose Garden at Empire Polo Club for VIP ticket holders and vendors. VIP guests each bring a bottle of unique craft beer to share with the other VIP guests. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and discover new craft beers while enjoying live music by Penny Unniversity in the fragrant gardens of Empire Polo Club. For more details about the Bottle Share & Kick-off Party visit

RV & Tent Camping

Onsite RV and tent camping will be available. Fees include 2-days of camping: Friday, February 27th to Saturday, February 28th. Visit for more details about camping onsite.

Buy one night and get the second night FREE.

  • 10’x10’ Tent Campsites are $30
  • RV Campsites are $100

Directions to the Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience at Empire Polo Club:
From I-10 take the Monroe St. exit and head south on Monroe St. Follow the parking signs between Ave. 50 and 51 lots along Monroe St.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience Contact Information

Event Location
Empire Polo Club

81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201

About The Bands

Ocean Beach, California-based band Slightly Stoopid delivers a diverse sound that’s a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with elements of hip hop, funk and punk. Always a crowd favorite, the band has crafted an original sound perfected after years of playing and touring with bands like the Marley Brothers, blink-182, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pennywise, and N.E.R.D.

Sensational multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy winning Ozomatli hails from Los Angeles and brings on an eclectic collision of musical styles including Latin, hip hop, rock, salsa, jazz, funk, reggae and rap. The band has long been popular with international audiences and has played everywhere from Japan to North Africa and Australia. Their music seamlessly blends and transforms exotic traditions from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. What other band could record a song once described as “Arabic jarocho dancehall”?

FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American ska, funk, punk, rock fusion and (so-called) black rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles’ burgeoning alternative rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history.

Indie-folk-pop band Strangers You Know was brought together by chance, and then kept together by similar musical interests, forming a sonic collective in Southern California. From folk to electro, the group has explored both polarities and everything in between.

The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast soul, intertwining elements of classic American soul with rock and roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice.

About Empire Music Ventures and Empire Polo Club Events

Empire Music Ventures is located in Indio, CA and produces concerts and festivals. These events include the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience and numerous concerts held at the Date Shed and the other venues.

Bottle Share

The Bottle Share event is open to Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience VIP ticket holders, Sponsors and Press. Everyone that comes to the Bottle Share is requested to bring one or two 22oz or 750ml of quality beer to share with the group. Throughout the night different beers will be opened and enjoyed. The person who brought the beer will open it and pour it for friends who wish to try it. Not everyone will taste every beer.

RWB will provide a few select beers for the whole group to enjoy for participating in the 1st Annual Bottle Share sponsored by Whole Foods.

What is a bottle share?

A bottle share is an event in which everyone brings their favorite bottles of beer to share with their friends.

What should I bring?

Please bring one or two 22oz or 750ml beers to share with others.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, February 27th, 29015
  • Time: 7:00 -10:00 PM
  • Location: Empire Polo Club,
    50725 Monroe St., Indio, CA 92201
  • Parking will be located on Monroe Street south of Ave. 50.
    Enter at Gate K.
  • Live Music by Penny Unniversity

Food available for purchase